Can you still breastfeed if you become pregnant?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Can you still breastfeed if you become pregnant? If Yes, for how long?
    No, you can't continue to breastfeed once pregnant. : (4 votes)
    11 %
    Yes, I don't know for how long. : (10 votes)
    26 %
    Yes, I did this for as long as 1 month-3 months into pregnancy : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Yes, I did this for longer than 3 months into pregnancy. : (10 votes)
    26 %
    Just want to see the results. : (12 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
    3360 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’d love to hear mummies’ responses to this too – I’m under the impression that most womens’ milk dries up during pregancy (if they’re still producing milk when they get pregnant).  But I have no idea where I got this information – I can’t think of reading it somewhere legit, it’s just what I’ve heard.

    Post # 6
    6633 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Yes you can my SIL BF her daughter well into her 2nd trimester of her pregnancy of their 3rd child.

    Post # 7
    1147 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @newbabybee:  A girl I went to high school BF through most of her second pregnancy. Her kiddo was probably 14-16 months old when she got pregnant again and she continued to BF (i think mostly for naps/bed time) – they also co-sleep so the toddler would nurse through the night as needed and she said she usually woke up “empty in the mornings”. She’s big into vlogging and has a youtube channel called Candidmommy if you want to check out her stuff on BF. 

    Post # 8
    2783 posts
    Sugar bee

    @newbabybee:  I breastfed into my second trimester and it was no problem. Interesting because the WIC office told me that I should stop breastfeeding my dathemed when I became pregnant again.

    Post # 9
    528 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Total normal to keep milk supply up throughout pregnancy and tandem nurse two babies 

    Post # 10
    364 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Yes you can, many of my friends have, however for a few of them their milk dried up during the pregnancy :[ 

    Post # 11
    4483 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Sure, I knew someone who tandem nursed actually. She got pregnant when her child was 3 months old and wasn’t ready to wean yet.

    Post # 12
    3213 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

    My mother breastfed during pregnancy. She says that the taste of the milk changes a little bit at first and the baby doesn’t necessarily like it and declines in feedings for a couple of days, but the baby adjusts and begins to feed more again. She usually breastfed for at least a few months into pregnancy. Some of us are 14 months apart in age and she continued to breastfeed until approx. the 1 yr mark with all of us.

    Post # 13
    1793 posts
    Buzzing bee

    My MIL had 6 kids in just under 7 years (devoutly Catholic woman) and breasfed them all.  God bless her.

    Post # 14
    5745 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’m currently breastfeeding and pregnant! 10wks 4d with a 16mth nursling hoping to tandem nurse!

    Given you don’t have a history of miscarriage or preterm labor there is no reason to wean if you become pregnant. The hormone change does often affect supply, but when it will do that is really different for each individual mom & nursling. Some moms will dry up even before their bfp while a few manage to keep their supply through their entire pregnancy… even if a mom loses her supply some nurslings will continue comfort nursing until she delivers & then can tandem nurse if she so chooses, and sometimes a nursling that weaned throughout pregnancy will pick nursing back up.

    The only thing my MW advised me of was to start taking a cal-mag daily to make sure I was getting enough calcium for both pregnancy & nursing AND to help my supply (you can take cal-mag before & during menstruation to help the common supply dip too).

    Post # 15
    30 posts
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I breastfed my 2 1/2 year old until my milk dried up about 1 month into my current pregnancy (3 months and 1 week along now), but I’ve heard of tandem nursing- where you bf both toddler and infant so some women must just be lucky. I also was very sick (hand foot mouth disease) when I conceived so I wonder if that played a part in my milk supply dwindling. 

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